TV PRESS TOUR ’16! Why We Love Crazy Ex Girlfriend – Its Diverse Cast is Awesome – And Its Leading Actress Just Won A Golden Globe!By Delaina Dixon | January 11, 2016 | Entertainment
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If you’re not watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend, you are so missing out! Rachel Bloom – who just won the “Actress in a TV Series, Comedy” Golden Globe – plays Rebecca Bunch, a Jewish lawyer who leaves her high-powered job in NYC to follow Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) – her teenage love who is of Filipino descent – to West Covina, Calif., after a brief reunion in NYC. But Josh has a girlfriend Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) – she’s Latina, which throws a wrench into Rebecca’s plans of her and Josh being together forever.
The guy who would love Rebecca – if given the chance – is Greg, played by Portuguese/Spanish/Italian actor Santino Fontana; her new neighbor Heather is played by Vella Lovell, who has Indian roots. And then there’s Rebecca’s new BFF pal Paula (Donna Lynne Chapman) – who once pretended to be British and almost cheated on her husband with a very handsome and charming African-American client!
“It takes place in West Covina, which is 50 percent Hispanic, 25 percent Asian roughly and five percent black. Particularly in casting extras and dancers, we really specify that,” executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna shared with the DivaGals after The CW panel. “We try to represent where they live in our general casting.”
McKenna also makes sure the show showcases people of all sizes. “We also try to cast people who are not totally skinny. It takes place in a regular American suburb – it would be strange if everyone was super-duper thin all the time.”
Rebecca’s therapist Dr. Akopian, played by respected actress Michael Hyatt (The Wire, True Detective), is coming back this season – with a song! “Early in Michael’s career, she was in Ragtime on Broadway. She’s an incredible singer,” McKenna declares.
And just when you think it can’t get any better . . . we’ve just learned that Broadway legend Lea Salonga will be in season finale, holla!
Watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, winter season premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
photo credit: The CW